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Astronomers See Galaxies ‘Sloshing’ Gas

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve observed a distant galaxy cluster 480 million light-years from Earth with vast clouds of hot gas that are “sloshing” about. Astronomers at the Naval Research Laboratory studied the 30-million degree gas using X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical data from the Very Large […]

BP Speaks Out On Halliburton Ruling

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 1 (UPI) — BP said a decision by a judge in New Orleans in favor of contractor Halliburton means the rule of law holds all parties responsible for a 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Tuesday that BP is obligated to “indemnify Halliburton for third-party compensatory claims” from damages […]

Single-Shot Laundry Detergent Re-Surfaces

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — People who recall an experiment in laundry detergents decades ago — individually packaged single-shot doses — may experience deja vu, industry analysts say. Previous attempts in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to encapsulate a pre-measured amount of detergent in a film that would dissolve in the wash had problems, with […]

Study: Mammals Vanishing As Burmese Python Spreads

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Mammals like raccoons, opossums, rabbits and deer are vanishing from the Florida Everglades as Burmese pythons multiply, researchers said Monday. In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group said nocturnal road surveys along the main road in Everglades National Park show steep declines […]

South America Drought Hits Corn Yields

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Drought in Central and South America is affecting corn yields, a boon for U.S. corn exporters but a cause of major worries for agriculture traders in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico. Dry conditions blamed on La Nina weather phenomenon caused political wrangles in Argentina, led to a […]

U.S. Minerals Sector Recovering

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — With the U.S. economy slowly emerging from an economic recession, the USGS estimated the value of U.S. mineral production increased 12 percent last year. Major world economies were hammered by an economic recession that began December 2007. More than four years on, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, in its […]

Cuba Can’t Be Trusted With Oil, Florida Says

MIAMI, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The Cuban government can’t be trusted to oversee the safety of oil drilling activity planned 90 miles from the Florida coast, a state official said. U.S. Coast Guard officials, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Florida lawmakers met to discuss plans for oil exploration in Cuban waters. Spanish […]

Rapid Virus Evolution Witnessed In Lab

EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 27 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have observed how a new virus evolves and how diseases can quickly gain dangerous mutations. Scientists at Michigan State University showed for the first time how a virus called “Lambda” evolved to find a new way to attack host cells, a change accomplished in […]

Rescued Snakes Wintering In Wine Chiller

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) — About 200 snakes whose winter den in northeast Illinois would have been disturbed by railway repair have been given a new home in a wine chiller. Rob Carmichael, curator of the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, told the Chicago Tribune the chiller makes an ideal hibernating den: […]

Lost Ladybug Project Tracks Insects

ITHACA, N.Y., Jan. 28 (UPI) — Scientists at Cornell University in New York are trying to figure out why some species of ladybug are vanishing and what can be done to save them. Leslie Allee, one of the leaders of the Lost Ladybug Project, said the insects, cute as they look, have an important role […]

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